the world is (a) flat

Thomas L. Friedman declares that The World is Flat.

In a current society, where mobility and transnational economies define a Space of Flows, we are almost “required to run faster in order to stay in place”.

This anxiety for knowledge about new things led an investor in Shenzhen, China, to develop the Mecca of the express tourism: Window of the World theme park, where replicas of 118 scenic spots all over the world are gathered together in the same site. Ranging from different scales 1:1, 1:5, 1:15… it is easy to loose even more the sense of reality when walking from the Taj Mahal to the Kremlin. Promenade of a constant Illusion.

The World dreams then, to be like a compact flat, where citizens can look through its windows to visit remote realities; travelling freely may also be replaced by fake substitutes.

Bringing the mountain to Mohammad…

[All images by deconcrete-shenzhen 2009]

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